Edinburgh, Scotland The Seventh International Conference on Open Repositories will take place July 9-13, 2012. The OR2012 Programme Committee has announced that the draft program is now available at: https://www.conftool.net/or201
Ithaca, NY The World Bank recently announced adoption of an Open Access policy thereby joining institutions, organizations and advocates around the world who are making research outputs broadly accessible. The policy will go into effect on July 1, 2012.
Nairobi, Kenya The XXth Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL) will be held June 4-8, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme "Information for Sustainable Development in a Digital Environment" highlights opportunities for information professionals in Africa to take advantage of the recent transformation from print to digital information.
Ithaca, NY @tmire has published an analysis of the recent CSIC Cybermetrics Lab (Spain) Top Institutional Repositories Ranking on @mire's just-released, redesigned web site (http://atmire.com/). Author Bram Luyten, Head of Sales and Marketing, @mire, points out that ongoing changes to the ranking algorithm and internal search engine algorithms can cause changes in a repository's rank from one edition of the report to the next.
From Matt McKay, Head of Communications, BioMed Central
London, UK Today BioMed Central is pleased to announce that today, Oxfam GB adopts ‘Open Repository’ – the service from open access specialist BioMed Central, which allows organizations to build, launch, host and maintain their own repositories.
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Ithaca, NY The SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) protocol was developed in to 2007 make it easier for institutions to deposit research outputs in institutional repositories. In the Jan/Feb issue of D-Lib Magazine authors Stuart Lewis, The University of Auckland Library, Pablo de Castro, GrandIR, and Richard Jones, Cottage Labs present nine use cases identified by the SONEX and SWORD projects in an article, "SWORD: Facilitating Deposit Scenarios".
Ithaca, NY Governments all over the world are finding that access to government information is a key part of engaging stakeholders—members of government, officials, citizens, businesses and more—in using data to leverage economic opportunity. The Parliment of Thailand made the decision to implement a DSpace (http://dspace.org) repository to meet national requirements for access, space, scalability and preservation: